CISCE Publications


Hello people!

You may have heard your friends or teachers talking about going through the Pupils’ Analysis or Specimen Question Papers issued by the CISCE. Well, in our opinion, it’s imperative that you go through both of these.

The Analysis of Pupil Performance published by the Council every year for ICSE as well as ISC gives the suggested/sample/model answers that examiners are looking for in a student’s answer sheet, regarding the past year’s exam paper. Here, teachers who have corrected last year’s answer sheets of students provide their inputs to help fellow teachers and students improve their performance. It shows how one should write his/her answers during the exam, the format, the relevant points to include, the diagrams which one should include, etc. Please do go through the analysis! It will give you a clear insight regarding where students make mistakes and how you can avoid them.

Further, the Specimen Question Papers are also helpful as they give an idea regarding the question paper pattern/format, style of questions asked, etc.

You will find both of these at the following link:

http://cisce.org/publications.aspx

I was unaware of the Pupils’ Analysis during my tenth grade (ICSE), but it helped me much during my twelfth grade (ISC) and I highly recommend you check it out at least once. As I had scanned through the Specimen Papers before my exams when I was in tenth grade, I had felt that a couple questions were asked from the Specimen Paper during my Board exam, but I hadn’t tallied both papers (the actual and the specimen) to check for sure. So, don’t take these lightly! You’ll learn much by going through these two publications by the Council.

 

Also, spread the word about them to fellow classmates and friends who may not be aware of them! 🙂

Geography: How to Solve Topographical Maps (NOTES)


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On a reader’s request, here is a website (http://brhectorsgeoworld.blogspot.in) written by Mr. BR Hector Pinto, a Geography teacher at Don Bosco ICSE School, Chitradurga, which  gives the thorough basics to solving a topography map.  It also has solved questions and answers regarding topography. Do check out the following posts! You will definitely find it easier to solve a toposheet after reading these:

 

A1INTRODUCTION TO TOPOSHEETS-45D/7 AND 45D/10

A2 TOPOGRAPHICAL SURVEY MAPS=part 1

A3 SIGNIFICANCE OF COLORS IN TOPOSHEETS

A3A-IMPORTANT DEFINITIONS ON TOPOSHEETS

A4 INTERPRETING TOPO SHEETS – PART 2

 

A5 TOPOSHEET – EXERCISE 2

A6 SOME COMMON QUESTIONS ON TOPOSHEETS

 

A6A-more explanation on toposheet

A6B-TOPOSHEET EXPLAINED

 

A7 TOPOSHEET – EXERCISE 1

A8 TOPOSHEETS – EXERCISE 3

A9 TOPOSHEETS – EXERCISE 4

ANSWERS FOR THE TOPOSHEET TEST

B1 Tired of practising toposheets???? No????? try this one -EXERCISE 5

B2 EXERCISE 6- toposheet for practice- have fun

B3 PRACTICE TOPOSHEET -1

B4-Why dont you try to answer these ?

B5-LET US SEE THE ANSWERS

B6-CHECK THIS TOPOSHEET

 

I hope you find this useful! Much thanks to Mr. Pinto for taking the time and effort to share his notes and tips! 🙂

How To Make Notes on Various Subjects (TIPS)


On request from Ayush, a dedicated reader, here’s a more-than-late post on how to make notes for various subjects. Though I prefer not to make excuses, it is “better to be late than never!” 😉

 

 

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to make your own notes:

Making notes in class:

* Read the chapter beforehand, i.e. before it has been taught in class, so that you are aware of technical terms and the basic concept. This will make it easier for you to quickly grasp the topic that the teacher is teaching.

* Listen attentively to what the teacher says during class. Even a minor detail here and there can prove beneficial. Sometimes, the textbooks may not have everything written in clear, simple language. Hence, by noting down as much as you can by listening attentively to your teacher, you will not only remember the topic, but it will also be easier for you to recollect small details when revising the topic later.

* Always practice writing your notes in shorthand to save time. You may make up your own abbreviations. For example, I use “w/” for “with; “w/o” for “without”; a downward arrow to indicate reduction or decrease; “gvt” for “government”, etc. Shorthand comes into use especially for technical terms or words that are repeatedly used.

* Write your notes in points as much as you can. Draw a flow chart or a tree diagram to get your ideas in place. Such visual aids will help you recall the content of the topic when revising and you will find it easier to remember when writing the content in points.

* Try to include examples given by the teacher while writing notes in class. Examples make it easier and simpler to understand the topic and in case you forget the details of the same, you can go through the example to brush up your knowledge.

* Don’t spend time noting down definitions or other technical terms that are bound to be given in the textbook. Concentrate more on detail and make your notes such that the chapter becomes easier for you to learn in the future. However, if you have the time, you may of course, note down definitions, etc.

 

Making notes from your textbook:

* Divide the chapter into parts and read the parts one by one.

* While reading one part, keep on underlining relevant points. Leave out unnecessary detail. However, do note that not all detail is unnecessary. Make sure you read the content with concentration to avoid missing out on important detail.

* After having thoroughly read one part, start making your notes.

* While making notes, include the following:

* Definitions – Mark them with an asterisk

* Potential questions that may be asked and a proper answer for the same

* Names and dates that may be asked

* Flow charts, tree diagrams, etc. that may help you to compress the content into digestible                       points

* Any precautions that you feel you might need to take in case certain questions are asked,

For example, while drawing the diagram of an eye, you have to be sure to mention which part                   includes the vitreous humor and which part, the aqueous humor.

* If you are referring to another textbook at the same time, note down important things that                    may be given in one textbook but not in another, so that you do not have to refer to both books          again during revision.

* Make note of numerous terms that can be used to denote the same thing. I prefer to mark these terms as  “also known as” ones.

* Draw relevant diagrams and schedules wherever required –  especially in Biology, Physics, and Economics/Economic Applications. Make sure you label them properly as well.

 

So far, these are the main things that come into mind. If I come across other such tips that may help you in preparing your own notes, I will make sure to update this post. Do keep the above things in mind. Hope they help you as much as they have helped me!

 

Keep visiting and keep yourself updated! Good luck! 🙂

 

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Hindi: Useful Websites


As per readers’ requests, here are a few YouTube links to notes for Hindi:

 

Audio-visual Question and Answer Revision:

Gadya Sankalan: Usaki Maa

Chandragupta Vikramaditya Part II

Ekanki Suman: Mel Milap

 

Hindi Grammar:

Nirdheshanusar Vakya Banaye

 

Here’s a link to their YouTube channel. They also have a couple audio-visual videos for Geography: Water Resources, Civics: The Surpreme Court, and History: Mahatma Gandhi and the National Movement

 

Do check them out! 🙂

 

Geography: How to Solve Topographical Maps: Full Course (Notes Part 2)


On a reader’s request, here is a website (http://icsehelp-resources.blogspot.in) written by Saurav Krishnan, which perfectly gives the basics to solving a topography map.  It also has solved questions and answers regarding topography. Please go through it! You will definitely find it easier to solve a toposheet after reading the following posts:

Chapter 1 – Fundamentals of Maps

Chapter 2-Profiles Of Survey Maps 45/D7 and 45/D10

Chapter 3- Interpretation of Topographical Maps

Interpreting Toposheets

Interpreting Toposheets -2

Revision -Important Toposheet definitions

Indian Topographic Maps (out of syllabus)

Some Common Questions Based On Toposheets

I apologize to the reader who requested this for taking so long. I hope you find this useful! Thank you for your patience and keep visiting! 🙂